Top honours for NWU PhD student at Mathematics Society Conference
Hope Sabao, a 27-year-old PhD second-year student in Mathematics at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, scooped top honours at the 59th South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) Conference that was held at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town from 2 to 4 November 2016.
Hope, studying under the mentorship of Prof Olivier Otafudu, were awarded in the category best presentation for his PhD thesis in the field of mathematics entitled ‘The quasi-uniform box product and infinite games’.
SAMS was founded in 1957 with the objective of advancing mathematics in the country. The organisation promotes the discipline of mathematics in all facets; locally, regionally and internationally. One way in which the society does this is by organising annual conferences and the publication of the journal Questionnaire Mathematicae.
During the conference, special sessions for each of the the different fields in mathematics were held, during which mathematicians from different universities in South Africa and other countries presented their areas of research. Among them were master’s and PhD students registered at South African universities.
As students gave their presentations, experts in their fields assessed and graded their work. Top performers were rewarded at a gala dinner at the end of the conference. Only the top three students in each category were awarded - the top three students pursuing master´s and top three students pursuing PhDs. Hope, a student from the University of Cape Town and another from the University of Limpopo were awarded in the PhD category.
"This is a great achievement for our student and the profession of mathematics itself. It is encouraging to have dedicated students receive awards for their hard work and having them represent our campus as well," said Prof Mashudu Davhana-Maselele, the campus rector.